A Day in Savannah

On our recent trip back east, we made a stop in Savannah, GA.  It was short, an evening and a morning.  Savannah is an old city by US standards.  Its historic district follows the borders laid out in 1733 by James Oglethorp.  It is laid out in a grid with numerous small squares.  Each square is like a little park with stately old trees, draped with Spanish Moss, giving shade to the sidewalks and park benches. Many of the buildings date back into the 18th and 19th century.    There are so many photo opportunities, I could spend months, if not years trying to document it, if I chose.  The buildings and statuary are beautiful in and of themselves.  But, when you take the time to study them in detail, there are beautiful intricate features, many weathered to a fine patina.  It is a great place.  I recommend a visit.  Enjoy the images below.  Please share.



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Fountain.  Lafayette Square, Savannah, GA JUN 2015

There is beautiful fountain in Lafayette Square.  I don’t know its age, but it has the patina of weathered copper.  The evening sun was kissing the sea horse, giving a warm glow to ts crusty, weathered body.

Sidewalk, Savannah, GA. JUN 2015

You build with what you have.  When you have sea shells, you don’t need rock in your concrete.  The sea shells thrown in an apparently random fashion, worn smooth by years of footsteps, create an abstract scene worthy of a Gothic romance.

Staircases, W Park Ave at Drayton ST, Savannah, GA, JUN 2015

As evening approached, a column of sunlight highlighted a series of high, steep, weathered stairs.

Forsythe Square Fountain at Night, Savannah, GA JUN 2015

The fountain in Forsythe Square was lit by the streetlights along the pathways in the square making the features glisten.

Forsyth Park at Night, Savanah, GA.  JUN 2015

A streetlight casts its light over Spanish moss and a lonely park bench in Forsythe Square.


The Left Brained Photographer

Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park.  Winner, Blue Ribbon, Sacramento County Fair, May 2013. Awarded Special Merit, Light, Space and Time Online Gallery 2013 Landscape competition. (Honored)

Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park. 

I am hopelessly left-brained; analytic to the core.  I understand that to truly appreciate a piece of art, one must make an emotional connection to it.  I understand that art is often collected for its historical value or as an investment, but that doesn’t seem to be enough to allow love for it to grow.  I’ve sought to understand how I, personally, create an emotional connection to a scene, how I identify the story I want to tell. I rarely feel the tug on my heart that I feel when I think of my wife, my children or my grandchildren.  A mountain sunrise doesn’t bring tears to my eyes. Yet, I love the mountains, the desert, the clouds, how light plays with the texture of a scene.  But my reaction is a different reaction; it’s that of an analytic.   I look at a scene and marvel at the geologic and/or human forces that formed it.  I see clouds and think about the uplift, downdrafts and other meteorological forces that shape them.  Some may ask how that can evoke awe; doesn’t analysis ruin the mystery and sense of wonder.  Piecing the puzzle together helps me see the processes that shaped the scene and are influencing it now.  Understanding the complexity, how processes interact to create systems, how interacting systems create a scene, creates the sense of wonder in me.  It provides my emotional link and evokes awe in me.   It may not tug at my heart but it tugs at my intellect and helps to create the story I want to tell.



Shooting With My Phone

Rainbow Bridge, American River Parkway, Folsom, CA, JUN 2015 (Click to See Image Enlarged)

I regularly walk along various stretches of the American River Parkway trail system. It is a great place to get exercise and enjoy the beauty of an urban forest and riparian habitat. I rarely have my camera because, if I did, I’d never get exercise. But, I always have my phone.

On several of my blogs, I remind readers that it is the composition and lighting that make the image and not the camera. Especially with today’s smartphone cameras and their incredible software. But, I have a problem using my phone. I can’t hold it steady enough to lock in the composition and get the focus right. So, I invested in a walking stick/monopod/tripod by Manfroto and a bracket to hold my phone. Now, I can overcome my shakiness. I also carry a microfiber cloth to clean the lens – it can get grimy being carried around in purse, pocket or holster. Grimy lenses impact the clarity of the image.

I have the Samsung Galaxy S6 with its 16MP rear camera. It does a great job. You can use it as a point and shoot by using auto mode or you can put it in pro mode which allows you to manually control functions just like on a DSLR. I find manual selection of the focus point to be the most useful but wish it wasn’t tied to the auto exposure so I could control them separately.

The attached image was shot with my phone last week. I am very pleased with it. Enjoy and make the best of your photography.

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